Xandros 4: Relief for Windows 98/ME Orphans

 
 
By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-07-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Review: Xandros 4 is easily the best Linux distribution for Windows users who are either be forced, or looking, to switch to a new operating system. (DesktopLinux)

Today, July 11, is the day Microsoft is ending all support for Windows 98, 98SE, and ME. And, when they say ending all support, they mean ending all support: "Microsoft will end public and technical support by this date. This also includes security updates." So, you can either start hauling your older systems to the junk yard after todays last Microsoft patch day, or you can upgrade to Xandros 4, the most Windows-friendly Linux desktop around.
Xandros 4 is the latest in a long series of Linux desktops dating back to Corels 1999 Linux desktop. Xandros has come a long, long way since then.
Today, as three older members of the Windows family depart, Xandros is more than able to take up the needs of these, and other, Windows users. More so than almost any other Linux desktop, Xandros is designed to look and feel like Windows. It starts with a KDE 3.42 desktop interface, with some enhancements to increase its Windows-like look and feel.
In fact, you can, as I did, set it up to mirror a typical Windows environment and fool users into thinking theyre actually using Windows. This is helped, in no small measure, by the inclusion in the Home Premium Edition Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0 of CodeWeavers Inc.s Crossover Office 5.03 Standard Edition. With CrossOver, you can run many popular Windows applications. For example, I was able to run Office 2000 and 2003, Quicken 2004, iTunes 5.01, and Macromedia Dreamweaver MX. Read the full story on DesktopLinux: Xandros 4: relief for Windows 98/ME orphans Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
 
 
 
 
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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